The Shelley A. Marshall Fiction Prize was established for Shelley Marshall, a GMU alumna who was killed in the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. She was an avid reader of short stories and also wrote them. For Shelley, her husband says, "writing short stories was about the journey, not the destination; writing was about making your life extraordinary."
The prize is given by The Shelley Marshall Foundation for a single short story of 20 doubled-spaced pages (or less). The competition is open to any currently enrolled George Mason students, graduate or undergraduate; students are limited to one submission. Once a writer receives this award, he or she may not apply in another year.